The President of Latvia Raymond Vejonis approved the law on the status of a veteran of the Second world war, the citizens who fought against Nazi Germany and against the Soviet Union. This is the official government newspaper Latvijas vestnesis.
In accordance with the law adopted by the Parliament in December, veterans of the Second world war can be recognized as individuals who were citizens of Latvia as of 17 June 1940, as well as permanent residents of the country legally entering it before that date.
As noted by RIA Novosti, the law does not apply to members of the National socialist party of Germany and its paramilitary agencies, secret police and security services. Veteran status also will not be able to convicted of crimes against humanity, and the former KGB, with the exception of those who worked in administrative positions.
The law States that Latvia is «not legally responsible for actions of the occupation authorities». In addition, the document stresses that it is «as an occupied state does not participate in the hostilities during the Second world war.»